TRIANGLE coach Biggie Zuze is comfortable with his team’s underdog tag as they make the trip to Harare to face champions Dynamos in a Castle Lager Premiership football match at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday, but has warned them they can underrate them at their own peril.
The Chiredzi-based outfit is struggling for form and is coming from a demoralising 4-0 loss to FC Platinum — goals which, according to Zuze, gave the scoreline an entirely unmerited gloss as they played well.
The Triangle boss said his charges had been conceding soft goals and that they could stop Dynamos, but admitted it would not be easy to walk into the National Sports Stadium.
“It is always difficult to face teams which are at the top, especially the champions. We are coming from a heavy defeat to FC Platinum, but that has actually given us strength as we go to Harare.
“We have got great respect for Dynamos. I have been talking to my players in the build-up to this match that any team can be beaten. All we need is to raise our game a bit.
“We have got the team that can compete, but most of players are youngsters who have got no experience. We are going there with a positive mind. We hope for the best on Sunday,” said Zuze.
Triangle are in fourth position from the bottom on the log standings with just eight points from nine matches. They have won two, drawn two and lost five. A win over Dynamos will steer them out of the relegation zone.
The Chiredzi outfit is also fretting over the fitness of David Sengu, Charles Rukwanhi and Blessing Chimwamuchere, who have knocks and will have to pass late fitness tests.
The Harare giants have also been struggling for consistency, but victories in their last two matches before the international break should give them confidence.
Dynamos edged FC Platinum 1-0 with a late penalty by Ocean Mushure deciding a contest which had appeared set for a draw.
A trip to Chiredzi FC in their previous match earned them another slender 1-0 victory which took them into the top four.
They will, however, be without industrious midfielder Stephen Alimenda, who has been suspended for picking up three yellow cards. Alimenda has been a regular for the champions and has been one of the outstanding players whose performances caught Warriors coach Ian Gorowa’s eye.
Nevertheless, the champions will welcome defender Partson Jaure and goalkeeper George Chigova from the national team. The pair, however, comes into the team low on confidence after the Warriors crashed out of the race for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations — a development which means Zimbabwe will have to wait for the next two years to participate at that level of competition.
Tawanda Muparati and Masimba Mambare are still struggling with injuries. Upfront, Dynamos will still have to rely on the same misfiring trio of Washington Pakamisa, Simba Sithole and Patrick Khumbula.
Khumbula, at least, scored against Chiredzi two weeks ago.
Dynamos, whose management has reduced gate charges to $2, are in fourth position with 16 points and will be seeking to make it three wins in a row to keep the top trio of teams in check.
Highlanders, who face FC Platinum, are on top of the log with 19 points, while Hwange are placed second with 18 points and How Mine, who date troubled Harare City, are in third place with 17 points.
In the Midlands capital of Gweru, Chapungu welcome inconsistent Caps United to Ascot Stadium hoping to maintain their unbeaten home start.
Tomorrow: Bantu Rovers v ZPC Kariba (Luveve, SS9)
How Mine v Harare City (Luveve, SS9), Chapungu v Caps United (Ascot), Black Rhinos v Buffaloes (Rimuka), Chiredzi v Hwange (Chishamiso)
Sunday: Highlanders v FC Platinum (Barbourfields, SS9), Dynamos v Triangle United (NSS), Shabanie Mine v Chicken Inn (Maglas)